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Crèma Dolce Redondo Beach - Review, Sort of


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Crèma Dolce Redondo Beach - Review, Sort of

JPups | Jun 30, 2004 01:01 PM

Hey folks,

I have now been to Crèma Dolce in Redondo Beach twice and enjoyed the Gelato selection. Let me say that I am NOT an expert in Gelato. I've never had the great stuff in Italy and for that matter would not know the great stuff in LA. I've had some good Gelato in NYC, but wouldn't know if that was the good stuff.

So, Crèma Dolce in Riviera Village serves some nice flavor options. My friends and I shared these flavors last week: dulce de leche, bacio (chocolate hazelnut), fior dilatte (creamy milk) and straciatella (chocolate chip). They were all served in pizzelle bowls.

All of the servings were very smooth and creamy, though the straciatella felt grainy (but still tasty). The dulce de leche was not overwhelming, unlike most ice creams. The bacio was my favorite - just a great balance of dark chocolate and hazelnut. The pizzelle bowls were crispy enough too hold the gelato, but soft enough to break off without crumbling. All the better to enjoy every last morsel. :)

I was impressed that we could eat and chat at a languid pace without the gelato melting. (High points for that on a warm Friday night by the beach!) In the case, everything looks very shiny. Gelato experts: is that a good thing? The presentation sure was nice.

So, I liked it and would go back. Prices were real good ($3-5). I don't have a phone number or address, but found out they are owned by Doug and his wife at Coffee Cartel. Crèma Dolce is literally connected next door. You can call or go to Coffee Cartel to find this:

Crèma Dolce
1820 S Catalina Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 316-6554

Anyone else been? How does this gelato stack up?

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